Land and water are laid under contribution to supply manure to the Hop-garden. To obtain manure from the nearest towns, teams are daily upon the road; the railway brings rags from all parts, clothiers and fell-mongers' waste from the west of England and Yorkshire, clippings and scrapings of hides from the tan-yards of Bermondsey. At the same time, artificial manures are introduced to increase the productiveness of other parts of the farm by application to the particular crops they suit, which produces more food for cattle, and in the end, farmyard manure for the Hops. The number of pigs and cattle is increased to the utmost limit by the addition also of artificial food. The grasslands are enriched with every known and purchasable application to produce more hay, to feed more stock, to make more dung for the ground under Hops. Some of these fertilisers are not applicable to Hops direct, and must produce their effect in a roundabout way. Every part of the farm is made subservient by those growers who go in thoroughly for this special cultivation.

The sea contributes sprats and herrings, starfish, whale's blubber, and all fish-refuse; while barges bring sweepings from Billingsgate, as well as other suitable manure from London. The cesspools in use before the introduction of water-closets, afforded a large supply to the Hop-garden. Nasal evidence is forcibly summoned to attest the strength of the above applications. Stench is a valuable property of manurial substances, as it constantly reminds the cultivator that they should be buried for his own benefit, not carried off by the air to be absorbed by all hungry lands, pro bono publico. - Land and Water.